The production team behind Family Guy has made a lot of mistakes with the show—according to fans as well as critics. These mistakes include odd storylines and poor casting choices, just to name a few. The following are just some of many mistakes the show has made so far in its multi-season run.
Brian is a Jerk
In the original seasons, Brian was written as an intelligent dog that was typically the voice of reason in the family. This was an interesting gimmick—the dog being the smartest thing in the room. He was also in love with Lois, which made for some interesting and even loveable interactions between the two. Over time, however, Brian has devolved into a hypocritical, stereotypically “over the top liberal,” rude, slightly misogynistic failed writer who thinks only about himself. And instead of being actually intelligent, he often fakes intelligence before being called out by Stewie.
Too Much Time Travel
Time travel is a story device that should be used very sparingly—advice that was obviously never heard by the Family Guy writers. Stewie (or more correctly, Stewie and Brian) have gone back in time so much that the concept is now completely overused and boring. Mind Over Murder, Road to Germany, Big Bang Theory, Back to the Pilot, Chap Stewie, Christmas Guy–these are just a few of the episodes where Stewie and Brian go back into the past. It’s time for something new with these two!
Recasting the voice of Death
The character of Death, who first appeared in the show during the episode “Death Is A B—” was originally voiced by comedian Norm MacDonald, who was slated as a guest voice role. Initially, the character of Death was only meant to appear once; however, the character’s popularity made the writers decide to bring back the character for another appearance. Unfortunately, Norm MacDonald was currently working with his own show at the time, the short lived A Minute with Stan Hooper. Due to this unavailability, the producers hired Adam Carolla to voice the role for their newly written episode. But despite the fact that MacDonald’s show was quickly cancelled, they never attempted to get him back and return Death to his originally voice—while Carolla doesn’t do a terrible job, he doesn’t have the same fun wit as MacDonald had in the role.